Junior & Senior Years
Depending on when you are planning to apply, this page prepares you for the year before the application.
If you are taking a GAP year, then you will apply to medical school during the summer AFTER your SENIOR year.
If you are NOT taking time off, and planning to matriculate to medical school right after undergraduate, then you will apply during the summer AFTER your JUNIOR year. You will need to be on task this year and make sure all of the parts of your application are in order and strong.
Meet with Academic Advisor
Meet with Premed/Prehealth Advisor - Check in. Get feedback on how your are progressing with your coursework, activities and how competitive do you look at this point? Do they see any weakness or areas that need attention? Discuss when is the best time to apply and review timeline.
Review all required premed courses. Have you completed them? If not, what is your plan? Ex.: Biology, Chemistry, Math, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Biochemistry, English, do you have the correct number of labs, do you need any extra sciences?
Decide when you will take the MCATs. NOTE: You need to take the MCAT BEFORE your apply so aim to take it before July. It is not a good idea to apply in July and take the MCATS, for the first time, in August. It is ok to RETAKE them in August, however. It is always a good idea to discuss your timing and all retake ideas with your advisor or consultant. They can help you identify the possible advantages and disadvantages of your plan.
Investigate the application process and decide when you will apply. This summer or next summer.
UNDERSTANDING TIMING: If you submit the application in the summer following JUNIOR YEAR then you will go directly to medical school after graduation. If you apply in the summer following SENIOR YEAR then you will have a gap year to work, do research, clinicals and then matriculate one year later. The average age of medical school matriculants in 2016 was 25 so don't worry about taking a year off. Honestly, it can only enhance your application in this competitive process.
Investigate the AAMC Fee Assistance Program.
Apply EARLY...I can't stress this enough! Early is considered June/early July. Late is anytime after August 1.
Apply when you are most ready. Don't rush an application just to apply and see how it goes. Being a re-applicant is a tough uphill battle.